Energy industry logistics service provider Peterson has completed the planting of 1950 trees in the UK oil capital of Aberdeen as it marks 100 years in operation.

The fir, oak, birch and holly trees were planted at Garthdee at a site near to a local community garden scheme as part of Peterson’s aim to plant one tree per employee in its centennial year.


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The company aims to ultimately plant 4500 trees worldwide to represent all employees across the 70 countries in which it operates.

The first trees planted in the worldwide scheme were actually in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where the company started 100 years ago.

Chris Coull, regional director at Peterson in Aberdeen, said: “Our tree planting scheme symbolises sustainability, the theme we have chosen for our 100-year celebrations, which allows us to show our appreciation for the hard work of everyone involved in helping us reach such a significant milestone.”

The programme also supports Gwen's Garden Project, a community garden founded by a small collective in 2016 in memory of a local resident.

Project member Rebecca Dunn said: "The community garden meant a lot to me during lockdown, and I felt so lucky that I had access to the space. Being able to use it to see my neighbours and friends in a safe way was so important.

"It's great to see all of the trees that have been planted, the woodland will be amazing. I hope this will protect the green space for the future as we need these areas as well as community gardens for local residents to use and enjoy."